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Laverne Selissen
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Obituary for Laverne Selissen

Laverne M. Selissen, 101, passed to her eternal reward on February 11, 2018, at the home of her daughter. She was born March 24, 1916 to Jules and Cecelia (Fabry) Joachim. On June 22, 1937 she married Lawrence J. Selissen who preceded her in death November 18, 1980. Together they raised nine children.

She was a charter member of St. Michael’s, De Pere. Mother embraced her vocation as a Catholic wife, mother and grandmother, setting a virtuous example for her offspring. She was never wanting for attention or acclamations, always putting others before herself. She was a loving mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent countless hours knitting mittens for cold winter days for her children, grandchildren and anyone in need. New babies each received a crocheted afghan. She enjoyed gardening and sharing the bounty with family and friends. She was also an avid crossword puzzle solver.

She is survived by five daughters and two sons; Sister Jean Paul Selissen CSJ., Mary Jo Gerrits, William (Terry) Selissen, Kathryn Paque, David (Kris) Selissen, Rita (Steve) Lacenski and Ann (Dan) Shibler. Also surviving are 31 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Carol Whitbeck also survives.

Laverne was preceded in death by her daughter Sister Rita Lawrence CSJ and daughter and son-in-law Jean (Ron) Mooren; sons-in-law David Paque and Kenneth Gerrits; grandson Stephen Paque and two great-grandchildren, Karmel Klara and Dymphna Ullmer; one sister Dorothy (Gordon) Klika.

Friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME 305 N. Tenth Street, De Pere from 4:00PM – 8:00PM Thursday February 15, 2018. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00PM. A Traditional Latin Requiem Mass will be said on Friday at St. Michael Church, 1782 Chapelle Rue, De Pere at 10:30AM by Fr. Mark Stafki SSPX. There will be no visitation before Mass on Friday. Please go to to send online condolences to the family.

The family would like to thank Kathy for providing mother with a peaceful home and good care for almost five years. Also, thank you to Fr Mark Stafki SSPX for administering to her spiritual needs. Thank you to Cassidy the Sunday morning caregiver and Unity Hospice caregivers and staff.

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4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

Rosary 7:00PM





10:30 AM
St. Michael Church

Chapelle Rue
De Pere, WI 54115





2:30 PM
Allouez Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum

2121 Riverside Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54301


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